United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Encomienda System

A 16th century drawing of Indians and Spaniards in New Spain
(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons--public domain)

Question 13147:

In the encomienda system used by Spanish colonial overseers in the New World,

A) Spanish colonists were expected to respect the religious practices of the Indians
B) the Indians serving as encomendados (laborers) were legally slaves
C) harsh treatment brought criticism from Dominican missionaries
D) Meztizos (mixed Spanish-Indian residents) were eligible to be encomendados
E) kind treatment and respect for the Indians was common practice

Answer & Explanation

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